Several metal roofing questionws

Guest User
9/19/2004
We live in Punta Gorda, FL and lost most of our roof in Charley. We want to go with metal roof as these outperformed shingle roofs hands-down in the hurricane. Looking at vertical panel roofing. 1) We are being asked by the GC if we want a design that shows or doesn't show screws. I have been looking at metal roofs and I don't see any screws on any that I've seen. What's the deal on this? 2) Somebody I know said he had a metal roof installed a few years ago and they put a sound insulating material under the roof to dampen the noise. My contractor has not heard of this. We don't want a lot of rain noise, the roof has 1/2 in plywood on it now, the attic will have R30 insulation, and there is a layer of 30# tarpaper on the roof now (only thing keeping water out at the moment. 3) Is it feasible for the metal roof to be screwed into the trusses as they pass them to gather extra integrity or am I just over-reacting? 4) We lost all our ridge vents in the storm and that was the source of a lot of water intrusion. Are ridge vents any better on a metal roof compared to an asphalt shingle roof (which is what we used to have)? 5) Does a colored roof versus natural aluminum make any difference in terms of resale value of the home? The cost differential we are told is substantial for the initial purchase. Thanks, that's it for now!
Guest User
9/19/2004
Hi. Glad to hear more good news on metal roofing! Thanks for your comments. 1) Vertical panel metal roofing is available as concealed fastener standing seam or exposed fastener "sheet" roofing. I believe that all companies which manufacture both will agree that concealed fastener is better. It is also more time consuming to install, has more metal in it, and is higher cost. 2) Generally, I do not think you will have any significant noise transfer through your roof system as described. Some products, though, could be installed with additional rigid insulation between the metal and the roofing. You would need to make sure this is acceptable to the roofing manufacturer. 3) Metal roof systems are typically tested with fastening into decking or battens if it is a system that can go over battens. It is impossible to ensure fastening into the trusses on vertical seam panel roofing. 4) The ridge vents on metal roofs are typically more integral parts of the roof system rather than "add-on" products like they are with standard shingles. I am a firm believer in soffit vents combined with ridge vent. 5) When it comes to metal roofing, for the most part, higher cost roofs carry greater benefits and those benefits can result in increased home value.
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